YouTube has started adding free, ad-supported movies

YouTube and popcorn

YouTube and popcorn

Forward-looking: In response to demand from users and advertisers alike, YouTube has now added a library of over a hundred free movies and plans to increase that number as much as possible, as soon as possible.

The new free streaming facility also "presents a nice opportunity for advertisers", Dhawan said.

The Google spokesperson told Gizmodo the movies come courtesy its partnerships with major Hollywood studios, and honestly, the roster of free stuff to watch looks pretty great! The world's largest streaming video platform is now offering legitimate versions of almost 100 films to audiences for free - movies like The Terminator, Legally Blonde, the first five Rocky films, and Hackers.

Google has been offering movies for sale through YouTube for years, but last month that changed when the video-sharing website quietly started offering select movies in ad-supported form.

When you think of streaming movies legally, you usually assume a subscription fee is involved. Currently, the assortment includes hits such as The Terminator, Rocky 1 through 5, the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi and both Legally Blonde 1 and 2.

YouTube had already rolled out a feature allowing users to purchase television shows and films for viewing on its platform.

No one's going to confuse most of the titles that headline YouTube's recently-launched section of free, ad-supported movies with anything that resembles a Best Picture all-star list.

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